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Messaging to cancel a plan

Learn how to write text messages to cancel plans.

Do the preparation task first. Then read the text and tips and do the exercises.

Reading text

Yesterday 18:45

Hey, I don't think I can make it tomorrow. I'm feeling really ill

Oh no, poor you!

Have you been to the doctor?

No, I think it's just a cold

Well, get well soon

Shout if you need anything!

Thx, I will

Today 9:03

Feeling any better?

A bit thanks but staying in bed today I think!

I can pop round on my way home if you need anything?

Actually, if you don't mind, pls can you get me some green tea?

No problem!

See you about 6 then

Thx so much!!

Get plenty of rest! Hope you feel better soon!


  1. You don't have to write complete sentences in text messages.
  2. You can use short forms, e.g. thx (thanks) and pls (please).
  3. To cancel a plan, say I don't think I can make it. Add the date (e.g. I don't think I can make it tomorrow) and/or to + the activity (e.g. I don't think I can make it to the party tomorrow).
  4. To show sympathy, say Poor you and Hope you feel better soon.
  5. Exclamation marks (!) sound positive and they are used a lot in text messages. Two exclamation marks (!!) shows you really, really mean it!



Language level

Pre-intermediate: A2


last two weeks i don't think i can make to visit my aunt because in the evening my uncle son's visit us we cancel the meeting with my aunt and start to preparing lunch and so on we have really terrible time

Last week, I canceled a plan to go to the coffee house with my friend due to my daughter's illness. We planned it for one month and it was canceled at the last minute. My friend was so sad because we didn't see each other for ages. But she was also sympathetic about my problem. And we had agreed to meet next weekend. I hope it will be done.

As far as I can remember, I canceled my appointment probably 4 months ago because coronavirus started to spread.If it wasn't for coronavirus, I was going to play with a group of seven friends.I was planning to get together for the first time in quite a while, so it was cancelled and I was depressed.However, since we couldn't see each other, we had a group call using zoom, which allows us to make online video calls.I was very happy to be able to connect like this even if we couldn't meet.In addition, either of us forgot our plans, got sick, or didn't have money to play with, and so on.One of them is bad, but nobody is bad in the case of coronavirus.I couldn't help it, but I think I made a wise decision.After the declaration of an emergency situation, I thought it was strange for us to get together and play when even the company and school stopped commuting and went online at home, and we should protect ourselves.We cannot take responsibility if we transfer them to family, friends, or close friends.I don't think coronavirus will disappear for a while, so I thought I had to live together well.

The last time I was cancelled a plan last week. I was supposed to go to Okinawa in this summer with my friend, but now, corona virus pandemic is happening in the world. Temporarily, that situation was getting better, so I thought I could go to travel in this summer vacation and I was making a plan. However, corona virus pandemic is getting worse again. We had no choice but to cancel a plan about going to Okinawa in this summer vacation with my friend. Our plan is going to Okinawa for a week, stay at very nice hotel, and eat many good foods. We did enough research beforehand, so I'm so sad. I hope that corona virus pandemic is getting better and I will go to Okinawa with my friend.

The last time I canceled was during last summer vacation. I was preparing for the part-time job that morning, but when I was brushing my teeth in front of the sink I suddenly fell. Of course, it does not mean that he fell, but that he suddenly became sick. Since I was stuck, I immediately called the store and told that I could not go to the part-time job of the day. After that, I usually find someone to replace me, but he found someone who cares about me and works for me. There are other cancellations. I promised to play with my friends. However, I couldn't play with my friends because my family's funeral was decided on that day, but I decided to exchange it next week. I couldn't make the original plan, but it was a lot of fun because I decided to go shopping. It was nice to be able to cancel both without any problems. I'm a little worried whether I can deal with it if I have a problem when I cancel again. In order to avoid the problem, I thought it was important to inform that I might cancel.

I always cancel the plans, because I am always very excited about the planning, but at the time I get lazy lol

Honestly, I don't remember when was the last time I canceled the plan and why. Perhaps, because of the illness, I think.
I have to admit that I hate canceling my plan, especially when there is someone else involved. I always feel guilty, if I let down somebody. One of the most frustrating cancelation was when I had to annul my trip to Latvia, Estonia, and Finland due to the COVID-19. I was very sad about that. Yeah, I know that during the pandemic the main thing is to be safe and healthy but it's the second time when I had to call off my visit to these countries. The first time I was bound to cancel my trip because my international passport wasn't be ready in time.

When I was 15, I was planning to play baseball with my friends. However, when I left home, I was so hungry that I had to stay at home. I was in the toilet for about an hour and thought that the pain had finally subsided, so when I thought about going out, my parents told me that you had a cold and went to the hospital. I was really looking forward to playing baseball with my friends, but I broke my promise to play baseball and I still feel sorry for my friends. The second was when I was 18, when I graduated from school, there was a launch. I was on good terms with my friends at the time and wanted to have dinner with me, but I couldn't participate because my part-time job was so busy. I've been in contact with that friend even now, but I still don't have time to play with them, so I want to meet and play soon.

my last cancelling a plan was the party at my place. I moved it to Monday from Sunday, because my husband forgot to say that we had been invited to another party.

The last time I had to cancel a plan was before the pandemic, I was sick then I had to do.